Christina H Schmid

In my work, I consider writing as a medium that grapples with linearity, temporality, and the space between text and reader. Originally trained in literary criticism, I appreciate texts not only as evidence of an author’s skill in communication, but as ideas taking form. The “˜texts’ I now consider are no longer confined to the realm of language: they have shifted to artifacts, assemblages, installations, paintings, performances, and still nameless forms of creative inquiry.

I think of my critical practice as a form of creative non-fiction. Unpredictable, arts writing, to me, is a sort of speculative prose designed to investigate and analyze what visual art can do, how and why it affects us, and in what ways the potential repercussions of aesthetic experiences matter. The act of meaning making that ideally occurs when writing “with“ art is an active encounter, the resulting text the trace of an interaction. I am inspired by writers who cross disciplinary boundaries, think outside the box, and thus make possible new insight and different ways of looking“”at art and at perception itself: Sara Ahmed, Jose Esteban Munoz, Jane Bennett, and Timothy Morton, to name but a few.

I am interested in probing and articulating the possibilities art harbors to change the way we look at the world, our place in it, and our relationships to one another.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: English, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2005.
  • Magister philosophiae: American Studies, Karl Franzens Universitat, Graz, Austria, 1998.

Curriculum Vitae

Specialties

  • writing on the arts, creative nonfiction writing
  • contemporary art
  • visual culture
  • Art and Visual/Material Culture of the United States
  • aesthetic theory
  • visual arts and art theory
Courses Taught
  • ARTS 1001: Introduction to Contemporary Art and Theory
  • ARTS 1002: Art and Life
  • ArtS 3401W: Critical Theories
  • ArtS 3420: Visiting Artist Program
  • ArtS 5400: Concepts and Practices
  • ArtS 5490: BFA Critique
  • ARTS 8490: Research and Writing Workshop
  • ArtS 8420: Interdisciplinary Studio Critique and Visiting Artists Seminar
  • ARTS 8400: Theoretical Constructions in Contemporary Art
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Panel conversation with Holly Streekstra, Star Wallowing Bull, Emmett Ramstad, Samual Weinberg, and Lindsay Rhyner at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis. : November 2, 2016
  • "Game Art And Methodologies of Critique." Participant in Panel Discussion at Mid-American College Art Association (MACAA), University of Cincinnati, October 27, 2016.: October 27, 2016
  • Gallery talk about "The Beginning (Again)" with Chris Willcox at Law Warschaw Gallery, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN. : October 6, 2016
  • Panel Moderator for a "Conversations with Curators," a series sponsored by an Imagine Fund Special Event Grant. Guests: Tricia Khutoretsky and Sha Cage. : March 23, 2016
  • Gallery Talk with Laura Stack and Valerie Jenkins at Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis: January 31, 2016
  • Gallery Talk for superusted, the 2015 MN Biennial. With Alexa Horochowski, Shana Kaplow, Mandy Martinson, and Andrea Carlson. : October 20, 2015
  • "Everywhere is Local Online." Participant at Panel Discussion at Walker Art Lab. : January 27, 2015.
  • "Wintertide: A Conversation with Jurors Tricia Khutoretsky, Christina Schmid, and Peter Remes." : Feburary 6, 2015
  • "Color." Moderator for Artist Conversation with Betsy Byers, Jil Evans, Jim Denomie, and Mary Abbe at Kolman & Pryor Gallery. : February 18, 2015
  • "Re-thinking Failure." Panel Discussion moderated by Matthias Rothe and Lisa Channer at the Institute of Advanced Studies. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. : November 13, 2014.
  • "Guess Ready Review." Panel Discussion at Kolman and Pryor Gallery. : March 28, 2014.
  • Art Inside Out: Institutions and Engaged Art." Moderator for panel discussion with Roger Cummings, Sarah Schultz, Colleen Sheehy, and Natasha Pestich as part of the public program for "thinking making living." InFlux Auditorium, Regis Center for Art: December 10, 2014
  • “Concept Vs. Object.” Moderator at Panel Discussion for “Ceramics: Without Ceramics.” SooLocal, Minneapolis. : June 11, 2013
  • Visiting Faculty Talk. Regis Center for the Art, Influx. : April 4, 2013.
  • “PTSD: Coping With the Past Self.” Artist Talk with Madeline Crew and John Marshall. Flow Art Space, Minneapolis. : November 17, 2012
  • “Why Write About Visual Art?” Guest lecture with Lightsey Darst at InFlux, Regis Center for the Arts, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. : November 28, 2012.
  • A New Perspective on Art. Artist Talk with Pamela Valfer. Burnett Gallery, Le Meridien-Chambers. : November 8, 2012.
  • A Conversation with Marjorie Schlossman: Curator and Artist discuss the exhibition "A Symphony of Color" at Plains Art Museum , July 19, 2012
  • "Landscapes of the Mind: A Conversation with Ulrike Mohr": March 26, 2012
  • "Five Ways of Looking at the Twin Cities Art Scene": Lecture at the One Room Schoolhouse Art Shanty on Medicine Lake , Feburary 4, 2012
  • Presenter at MNCUEW (Creative Writing) Conference: March 30, 2012
  • Commentary on "Post-1945 National German Identity" Panel at German Studies Conference: September 11, 2011
  • Moderator at Panel Discussion on "Art and Design (Mis)Education." One-Nighter Series at Art Of This: September 18, 2011
  • Curator and Moderator for Panel Discussion on the exibition "Deceptive Distance" at College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN: September 15, 2011
  • "From Project to Practice: Imagining Communities": Presentation at College Art Association's Annual Conference , February 11, 2011
  • Participant in Arts Writing Workshop, sponsored by the Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital: January 2011 - June 2011
  • Artist Talk with Jil Evans and Margaret Wall-Romana at Bethel University: November 6, 2010
  • Commentary for "The Avant-Garde after 1945" Panel at German Studies Association: October 11, 2009
  • Trialogue with Don Myhre and Cheryle Melander at MAEP Gallery at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts: July 7, 2009
  • "Art, Confusion, Democracy: Toward an Ethics of Art and Meaning-Making" : Presentation at the School of Visual Arts Annual Conference in New York , October 16, 2008
  • “Falling for America: Dreams of Dissociation in Elke Krystufek’s Work“: Presentation at German Studies Annual Conference , September 1, 2005
  • “Dorothy Meets Dorothea: Imaginary Encounters and “˜Real’ Histories in Bjí¸rn Melhus’s Weit, Weit Weg“: Presentation at NEMLA Annual Conference , March 2, 2005
  • “Video Art: Nam June Paik, Bruce Nauman, Bjí¸rn Melhus“: Guest lecture at College of Visual Arts , March 9, 2005
  • “Re-Membering W/Holes: Hans Scheirl’s Dandy Dust“: Presentation at NEMLA Annual Conference , March 23, 2002
  • “Translating Gender in Outer Space: A gendered language confusion in Hans Scheirl’s Dandy Dust“: Presentation at Annual Austrian Studies Conference , October 10, 2001

Creative

  • Curating at a Crossroads: Series of panels on contemporary curatorial practice. Supported by an Imagine Fund Special Event Grant., Fall 2015 - May 2016
  • Water Songs/Jumping Toward Ecstasy: A creative research project involving non-linear narrative, audio and video recordings, site-specific and archival research. Supprted by an Imagine Fund Faculty Award 2015/2016. , 2015 - 2017
  • Landfall. An Experiment in Writing Place.: A collection of essays that bridge experiences with art and the outdoors. Supported by an Imagine Fund Faculty Award 2013/2014 and a Jerome Foundation Artist Residency at Tofte Lake Center in fall 2014., 2013 - 2016
  • thinking making living. Engaged Art in the Social Sphere.: Collaborative curatorial project that culminated in an exhibition at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery in fall 2014 and included a series of public programs. Supported by a grant from the Institute of Advanced Studies, Fall 2013 - Winter 2014
  • Outdoor Cinema at the Regis.: Collaborative project that included organizing and curating an outdoor screening of selected videos for Northern Sparks, an all-night art event. Supported by an Imagine Fund Special Event Grant, December 2013 - June 2014
Publications
  • "Numinous Anomalies: Somali Visual Art in Minnesota": Schmid, Christina, mnartists.org, 2016. Link
  • "Close Encounters in the Dark.": Schmid, Christina, Public Functionary, Minneapolis, Catalog Essay for Caroline Kent's solo exhibition "Joyful is the Dark", 2016.
  • Caught in a Bad Romance: Schmid, Christina, mnartists.org, 2016. Link
  • Jerome Catalog 2016: Essays on Star Wallowing Bull, Emmett Ramstad, Lindsay Rhyner, Holly Streekstra, and Samual Weinberg.. Schmid, Christina, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, Author, 2016.
  • "Keren Kroul: Unquiet Terrains.": Schmid, Christina, Augsburg College, Catalog Essay for solo exhibition at Augsburg College., 2016.
  • "Art in Place: The City Art Collaboratory." : Schmid, Christina, Public Art St. Paul, Meandering Methodologies, Deviant Disciplines, 45-66., 2016.
  • "The Beginning (Again)": Schmid, Christina, Macalester College, Law Warschaw Gallery, Catalog for Exhibition, 2016.
  • "Painting Time": Schmid, Christina, Artpulse Magazine, Vol. 26 , 2016. Link
  • "Photography, Fiction, Fantasy: Pao Houa Her, 'My Mother's Flowers' at Bockley Gallery." : Schmid, Christina, Artpulse Magazine, Vol. 27 , 2016.
  • "Muffling Meaning: Ute Bertog, 'Still the Night' at Rosalux Gallery." : Schmid, Christina, Artpulse Magazine, Vol. 27 , 2016.
  • "The Geatest Show on Rearth: Lukas Geronimas at David Peterson." : Schmid, Christina, Artforum, November 2015 , 2015.
  • "On How To Look": Schmid, Christina, Peter Happel Christian, Phillip Andre Lewis, Clear As Day, Land AA. Volume 3., 73-76, 2015. LinkImage
  • After The Party: Fey. Drawings by Joe Sinness." : Schmid, Christina, 2015, mnartists.org. Link
  • The Beginning (Again): Schmid, Christina, Macalester College, Law Warschaw Gallery, Catalog Essay, 2016.
  • Intertwinings: Schmid, Christina, The Soap Factory, superusted, exhibition catalog, 2015. Image
  • "Hip to the Stars: Jack Whitten. Five Decades of Painting." : Schmid, Christina, Artpulse Magazine, Vol. 24 , 2015.
  • "A Double Displacement: Covered in Time and History. The Films of Ana Mendieta." : Schmid, Christina, Artpulse Magazine, Vol. 24, Fall 2015 , 2015.
  • "Rooted in Place, Devoted to Service: Sean Connaughty's 'Lake Hiawatha (anthropocenic midden survey): Schmid, Christina, Exhibition Essay, 2015. Image
  • Wunderkammer Redux (or An Unnatural History). Kate Casanova at Kolman & Pryor." : Schmid, Christina, mnartists.org, mnartists.org, 2015. Link
  • Holding With Holding: Schmid, Christina, Essay for Artist Website, 2015. LinkImage
  • "Accidents Against Absurdity: Mathew Zefeldt's 'Repetition, Simulation, Repetition' at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts" : Schmid, Christina, ArtPulse Magazine, Winter 2015 , 2015.
  • "An Epistemology of Uncertainty: Julie Buffalohead's 'Uncommon Stories' at Bockley Gallery." : Schmid, Christina, ArtPulse Magazine, Winter 2015 , 2015.
  • "A Club at the End of the World: Alexa Horochowski's Club Disminucion". Schmid, Christina, mnartists.org, Author, 2014. Link
  • "Haunted by the Zeitgeist: Art and "the Political" in three exhibitions by Michael Sailstorfer and Michael Kareken." : Schmid, Christina, mnartists.org, mnartists.org, 2014. Link
  • "A Humbling: Jaron Childs' 'How To Make A World.'" : Schmid, Christina, ArtPulse Magazine, Winter 2014 , 2014.
  • "Descent into Darkness: 'Two Dark Horses' at Bockley Gallery. : Schmid, Christina, ArtPulse Magazine, Spring 2014 , 2014.
  • "Club Disminucion. Alexa Horochowski at the Soap Factory." : Schmid, Christina, Artforum, Artforum Online, 2014. Link
  • "A Coterie of Chairs: Shana Kaplow at Rosalux." : Schmid, Christina, ArtPulse Magazine, Spring 2014 , 2014. Link
  • "The End of the World As We Know It: Eleanor McGough and Claudia Poser." . Schmid, Christina, Author, 2014.
  • Review of “Triforce.” Jacolby Satterwhite at the Bindery Projects. : Schmid, Christina, Artforum Online, 2013. Link
  • “Darling Irreverence: Painter Painter at the Walker Art Center.”: Schmid, Christina, Quodlibetica, Constellation 25 , 2013. Link
  • “A Provocative Proposal: ‘9 Artists’ at the Walker Art Center.”: Schmid, Christina, ArtPulse Magazine, Fall 2013 , 2013. Link
  • “A Reluctant Biennial: “,,,” at the Soap Factory.”: Schmid, Christina, ArtPulse Magazine, Fall 2013 , 2013.
  • LOCUS: Schmid, Christina, Babcock-Driscoll Gallery, Gallery Guide for Harriet Bart's Exhibition at Babcock-Driscoll Gallery, New York., 2013. Link
  • “Beyond Heroine-ism: ‘The House We Built: Feminist Art Then and Now’ and the Cindy Sherman Retrospective": Schmid, Christina, Quodlibetica, Constellation 23 , 2013. Link
  • “Speculations on the Value of Place.”: Schmid, Christina, Mapping Spectral Traces., Catalog Essay for shadows, traces, undercurrents, 2013. Link
  • “Criticism on the Spot.”: Schmid, Christina, The Brooklyn Rail, May 2013 , 2013. Link
  • Artists on the Verge 4: Out of the Box. . Schmid, Christina, Northern Lights., Author, 2013. Link
  • “A Curious Dispassion: ‘The Living Years: Art After 1989.’”: Schmid, Christina, ArtPulse Magazine, Winter 2013 , 2013.
  • Review of “Plaisance.” Group show curated by Fionn Meade at Midway Contemporary Art. : Schmid, Christina, Artforum Online, 2013. Link
  • “Passages Through The Ordinary.”: Schmid, Christina, Catalog Essay for Human Pyramid, the MFA Graduation Exhibition at University of Minnesota's Katherine E. Nash Gallery, 2013.
  • “Happy Art: Andy DuCett’s ‘Why We Do This.’”: Schmid, Christina, ArtPulse Magazine, 2013. Link
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi, Thomas O. Haakenson and Deborah Barnstone. "“Pathetic Parodies: German National Identity in Bjí¸rn Melhus’ Weit Weit Weg.“ ." Visual Representations of German National Identity. (2012):
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "The Art of Experience: Marjorie Schlossman." Marjorie Schossman: Symphony of Color (2012): Link
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "Minneapolis Black." Nash Gallery Blog (2012): Link
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "Exactitude: Pamela Valfer and Christina Empedocles." Artforum: Critics' Picks (2012): Link
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "Before Flickers Fuse." Quodlibetica June 2012 Link
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "Of Landscape and Place: Megan Vossler’s “˜Overlook’." Quodlibetica February 2012 Link
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "Deceptive Distance." Deceptive Distance (2011):
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "Binocular City." (2011): Link
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "A Bean Story or Art, Accused of Trying to Teach." Quodlibetica December 2011 Link
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "Painting Perception/Painting Experience: Jil Evans and Margaret Wall Romana." Catalog Essay for "Movement-Process-Reflection"Link
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "The Value of Anywhere: A Minnesota Biennial." ArtPulse Winter 2010
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "The Art of the Double-Take: Evan Baden’s Technically Intimate." Foam Magazine for Photography (2010):
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "Shedding Light: Art Explores Science." (2010):
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "The Art of Returning." Quodlibetica February 2010 Link
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "From Project to Practice: Imagining Communities." Quodlibetica December 2010 Link
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "The Quick and the Dead." Flash Art September 2009
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "Muttts, Migrations, and New Homes." Afterimage Vol. 36 No. 4 (2009):
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "Notes on the Touchy Subject of Cultural Appropriation." ARP Vol. 2 No. 4 (2009):
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "Jerome Catalog." (2009):
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi, Randall Halle and Reinhild Steingroever. "Shocking the Audience, Shocking the Artist: Aesthetic Affinities to the Avant-Garde in Elke Krystufek’s Work." After the Avant-Garde (2008):
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "Monsters, Maps, and Marginalia." The Rake (2008 ): Link
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "Beautiful Resistance." The Rake (2008): Link
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "Landscapes of Loss and Transformation. Camille Gage at Form Plus Content" mnartists.org. 2008. Link
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "The Ambiguity of Wonder." mnartists.org (2007): Link
  • Schmid, Christina Heidi. "Vandalism, Re-Interpreted?." mnartists.orgLink
Awards
  • Joan Aldous Grant for Community Engagement for Stories in the Making: Conversations about What Matters. College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis., September 2016 - June 2017
  • Imagine Fund Faculty Award for Water Songs/Jumping Toward Ecstasy. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis., July 2015 - June 2018
  • Research and Creative Collaborative Award, for "thinking making living: Engaged Art in the Social Sphere." Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. , September 2014 - January 2015
  • Imagine Fund Special Event Award for Series of Conversations with Curators., January 2016 - May 2016
  • Imagine Fund Special Event Award for Outdoor Cinema at the Regis for Northern Spark. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis., January 2015 - June 2015
  • Artist Residency at Tofte Lake Center. Supported by the Jerome Foundation. September 2014
  • Invited Participant in the Art Writing Workshop, a partnership between the International Art Critics Association/USA Section (AICA/USA) and the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program. Workshop leader: Eleanor Heartney., July 2011 - July 2012